The Blue Max 1966 Still a good film
Love this film
THE BLUE MAX - 1966
I took in this great-war film last night for the first time in at least 20-25 years. WOW! The film has plenty of action, incredible flying stunts, Ursula Andress in the buff, a good story and outstanding direction. Why can't they make stuff like this today? And the best part is that there was no, FLIPPING CGI effects!
George Peppard is a grunt out of the blood and mud of the front lines. He has transferred to the German Imperial Air Service. He is looked on with disdain by the Prussian types who make up the majority of the pilots. Peppard has ambition, and a thirst for honors like the Pour Le Merite. (BLUE MAX)
Peppard is ruthless in his pursuit of the award and is rather disliked by his squadron mates. One of the better squadron pilots, Jeremy Kemp takes great pleasure in putting Peppard in his place .
There is a great sub plot with Peppard stepping out with the beautiful, Ursula Andress. Andress is the wife of Peppard's commanding General, James Mason. Needless to say, this action comes back to bite Peppard on a tender part of the anatomy.
The cinematography is gorgeous with Douglas Slocombe handling the duties. His work includes films like the first three, INDIANA JONES films, THE LION IN WINTER, ROBBERY, THE Italian JOB and THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA.
The director of this fine piece was John Guillermin. His films included, THE TOWERING INFERNO, THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN, SKYJACKED and DEATH ON THE NILE.
A must see for fans of well-made war films.